Science on Tap debuts at Rising Silo

What living animal is most closely related to a Tyrannosaurus rex? Which actress played the lead role of Ripley in the 1979 movie Alien? And what do these questions have to do with Rising Silo Brewery on Glade Road in Blacksburg, Virginia?

Rising Silo was host to our first two Science on Tap events–cool and rainy weather for both, but good turnouts and fun for all nevertheless. And the T. rex and Alien questions are from a set of 11 trivia questions that audience members answered in teams before the scientists spoke.

The first Science on Tap event, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 24, featured Dr. Bill Hopkins, director of the Global Change Center and professor of fish and wildlife conservation, who showed the crowd a real live hellbender, described his research on this threatened salamander species, and encouraged audience members to pose for hellbender photos.

Virginia Tech graduate student winners of the Nutshell Games, Caitlin Colleary, Anza Mitchell, and Max Ragozzino, provided the science for the second “on Tap” event, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 6. After their short talks, our speakers spent time answering questions and sharing their show-and-tell table with visitors.

Event organizer Dr. Katie Burke, digital editor at American Scientist and advisory board member for the Center for Communicating Science, plans to add music, comedy, and other elements to future Science on Tap events.

We’re currently working on venue plans and have several presenters lined up for late summer and fall. Check our website or the Science on Tap Facebook page for upcoming events!

(article by Carrie Kroehler)

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